I was super nervous about it because I don't know what horse people are like anywhere except my home barn where even the community outside of the barn was so tight knit everyone had a horse for somebody. I've had 3 different trainers over the years, this one will be my fourth. I had no idea what I remembered, how my muscle memory was, or if I would make a fool of myself.
I was really self-conscious... my breeches (from 3 years ago) were way too big because i've lost weight and my brand new boots barely broken in, my helmet however fit perfectly (even though my hair band ended up breaking and by the end of the lesson my hair was EVERYWHERE and SWEATY), so at least I had that going for me.
Anyway, i got there early and did the required paperwork, paid for the lesson and was introduced to the horse I'd be riding named Shamus. They did the tacking up which i am not used to because I've always worked in exchange for lessons and the barns i've ridden at have been so small there weren't ever enough people to not have to tack up your own horse. I got out there and it was HOT. My trainer got there and the first thing i discovered i forgot to do was adjust stirrup length while on the horse
so he had to do it for me. we got in the ring and thats when i remembered how much i dislike lesson horses. SO STUBBORN. He really was not feeling the lesson AT ALL. i finally get him into a trot and thats when i forgot what the correct diagonal was
but after a few reminders I got the hang of it.. canter was a bit difficult because the horse didnt even wanna move but it went much smoother than i expected. aside from needing more fluid movement in the arms I think I did pretty well on that.
one thing that was super encouraging was that I originally thought i was a huge joke and while my trainer didnt seem frustrated i assumed he was kinda laughing at me on the inside but at the end when i said i figured i'd need a few reminders during the lesson he said "well you haven't ridden in TWO YEARS and your muscles just need some reconditioning." and he was so comforting about it that I knew right then that I wanted to schedule another one for next week